Catching up…


I cannot believe that we’re over half-way through November!  I feel like time is literally whizzing by and Christmas is around the corner.  My blogging has been so inconsistent lately – I don’t think I had any idea how much I was reliant on my computer.  So here’s a quick update:

The burglar has been caught!  Yes, the man who broke into our flat and stole my laptop, ipod and American cash, has been caught.  Apparently he had been apprehended for a series of house break-ins and was out on bond while the police assembled their case against him.  It was during that time that he targeted our place and they were able to place him at the “scene of the crime” with a fingerprint he left on our front door.  That means he was hauled back into jail and is now sitting there awaiting his court date.  I actually feel kinda bad for the guy.  I have no idea what his story is or why he steals, but I can’t help feeling like it’s pretty empty justice. 

My two jobs that I was really enjoying have both come to an end.  At the end of October both stores shut their doors and stopped trading.  It was sad for me even though I only worked at both places briefly because I had really enjoyed the work and the people.  One of the jobs is continuing in a different form as a catering assistant.  My first gig was this past Saturday and it was a lot of fun and completely exhausting.  Melanie, the lady who ownes the catering company, and I headed out to this huge country estate down in the Borders where we were cooking for an intimate birthday party.  Melanie has catered a few events here before but they’re usually for parties of 100-200.  This was only for around 35 people.  We started cooking around 1:00PM and weren’t done until midnight – which basically means standing on our feet for 11 hours, chopping, lugging around huge pots, frying, sauteing, assembling, washing.  I browned 11 pounds of cubed beef, skinned and deboned about 25 chicken breasts, sliced raw pheasant breasts, and baked duck breasts.  I think that the two of us worked really well together and everyone was very complimentary.  I also got a recipe for a chocolate hazelnut torte that is amazing! 

On Friday night Scotty and I attended an event at the famous Usher Hall for the first time!  While I was volunteering at the book store last week a lady came in and offered me two tickets to the performance!  I was excited to plan a fun date-night with Scotty and it turned out to be a great evening.  We had dinner at Stac Polly, The Scottish Restaurant.  The performance of Rachmaninov’s First Symphony was amazing!  The Royal Scottish National Orchestra was splendid and the applause following the first piece lasted about 4 minutes – which is a long time.  The conductor, Rossen Milanov was lively and fun to watch.  The second piece was Rachmaninov’s musical adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s poem The Bells; very dramatic and featured the 120 member RSNO chorus.  Usher Hall is a beautiful theater and it was a lot of fun to be a part of the audience that night.  I think that now we’ve discovered it, we’ll probably be back in the future.

Finally, the German Christmas Markets are being assempled along Prince’s Street.  With all of the street being torn up for the construction of the trams, it’s not quite the quaint sight that it has been in years past but it’s a fun reminder that Christmas is around the corner.  Here’s some pictures of the construction:

Prince's Street Chaos

Erecting the Christmas Tree on the Mound

I have a couple of recipes I’m excited to share with you – but no time right now to post them.  Sorry!  Will do that soon.  Thankfully Scotty finally got his computer back today so that should make things a bit easier.

About Rebecca

Hi! After five years in Europe, I'm adjusting to life back in the US. I use this blog to record my adventures, post photos, organize recipes, and post about things that interest me.
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